The ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture once found in Britain is the soil from which the many generations of the Edrake family have grown. The name Edrake was given to a member of the family who was a person who was known among other folk as rich and affluent.
The surname Edrake originally derived from the Old English word Eadric
which referred to wealth and power.
This surname comes from a broad and miscellaneous class of surnames. Nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Edrake family
The surname Edrake was first found in Wiltshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Edrake family
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Edrake Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Edrake family name include Edridge, Edrick and others.
Early Notables of the Edrake family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Edrake family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Edrake surname or a spelling variation of the name include : John Edridge and his wife Elizabeth who arrived in west New Jersey in 1664.